Is Heel Striking When Running Bad?


Running is distinguished from walking in that at some point in the running cycle both feet are in the air at the same time. This “flight” phase of the running gait occurs no matter how fast or how slow we are moving. Landing on one foot from an unsupported position is part of what makes running physically… Read More

Fixing Hyperextended Knee Posture


Genu recurvatum is a posture where the knees appear to bend backwards in standing. The recurvatum appearance is due to the knees being placed in a hyperextended position. The posture is easily identified when looking at a person from the side by the curved alignment of the legs. From the front, recurvatum standing posture can… Read More

Best Of Somastruct 2013


As 2013 comes to a close, I thought it would be nice to look back at some of the most viewed and discussed content from the past year on Somastruct. This last year much of my writing has focused on challenging conventional wisdom. This site was created to be a resource to help people better… Read More

Examining Injury Risk And Pain Perception In Runners Using Minimalist Footwear


A new study was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine looking at injury risk in runners using minimalist footwear. I saw one podiatrist exclaim online that this study represented the “end of the minimalist shoe fad”.  I find it hard to understand why there is such a push from healthcare professionals to label… Read More

Understanding GIRD In Throwing Athletes


Glenohumeral Internal Rotation Deficit (GIRD) is a term used to describe to the apparent loss of shoulder internal rotation (IR) range of motion often seen in overhead throwing athletes. The loss of IR in the throwing shoulder is often accompanied by an increase in external rotation (ER) range of motion. There is a lot of… Read More

5 Ways Good Posture Makes You Look Thinner

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Improving your posture can instantly gives you a taller, thinner, and more confident look. Working on better posture can strengthen muscles and burn calories, but the real magic of how better posture makes you look thinner has to do with the body’s proportions.  1. Tightens Your Midsection Anterior pelvic tilt posture is when the pelvis… Read More